Author Archive | Matt Welch

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What’s Missing from John McCain’s Criticism of Trump’s Media Attacks

C-SPANToday is a particularly punchy round in the ongoing heavyweight bout that is the Trump presidency vs. the media, a conflict that is arguably a defining divide in our modern politics. In one corner, as always, is President Donald Trump, who has promised to unleash his long-awaited “Fake News Awards” tonight. In the other corner, […]

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Why on Earth Are We Talking About ‘Oprah 2020’?: Podcast

Today’s Reason Podcast, featuring Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch, kicks off with the media’s biggest takeaway from last night’s Golden Globes awards in Hollywood—whether Oprah Winfrey should run for president in 2020, or whether she should just be declared commander in chief preemptively. Along the way we discuss why speechmaking is […]

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‘The War on Pot…Has Affected Millions of Lives in This Country Negatively’

Sticking up for pharmacological freedom on Fox Business Network Matt Welch|Jan. 4, 2018 10:25 pm Sipa USA/TNS/Newscom”Whenever this topic comes up,” Fox Business Network host Charles Payne said today, while kicking off a segment about the Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ new marijuana enforcement guidelines, “everyone says, ‘Let’s grab Matt!’” I am always happy to talk […]

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Mitt Romney Is Nobody’s Wise Man on Sanctuary Cities and Proto-Trumpian Immigration Politics

There were two separate stories crisscrossing my Twitter feed this morning that deserve to be knitted together. One is the news, greeted with audible sighs of relief by #NeverTrump conservatives and conflict-seeking media alike, that Mitt Romney stands at the ready to occupy the Utah Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Orrin Hatch. The […]

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Stop Making Iran Protests About American Politics: Podcast

Instead of arguing about media coverage and posturing about partisan reactions, maybe focus on sanctions and refugee policy? Matt Welch|Jan. 2, 2018 3:15 pm Abaca Press/SalamPix/Abaca/Sipa USA/NewscomToday’s Reason Podcast, which features myself, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Peter Suderman, begins with a discussion about the dramatic protests in Iran: their significance, the context, the vast […]

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New York’s Subway Boondoggles Illustrate How Governments Bungle Infrastructure

Back when then-president Barack Obama used to lament and lament some more that the United States no longer builds amazing infrastructure projects like the Golden Gate Bridge (setting aside for the moment that it wasn’t the federal government that created America’s finest span), buzzkills like us would point out that A) the American Recovery and […]

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#MeToo + Trump-centric Partisanship = Smear Job

Take a close look at this Daily Caller tweet, particularly the stock photo used to illustrate the article: Editor Who Bashed The GOP Just Got Fired For Alleged Sexual Harassment https://t.co/51OHNgj48u pic.twitter.com/Xb5UMz1NUC — The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 20, 2017 The casual reader can be forgiven for inferring that the editor in question put his […]

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What Roy Moore’s Near-Miss Tells us About America’s Great Media Divide

Last night’s nail-biter of a special election in Alabama revealed several sharp splits in the American body politic—between evangelical whites and African Americans, between single-issue pro-lifers and the rough American consensus on abortion policy, between Bannonism and professional Republicanism, between #MeToo and she’s-lying. But as I contend in today’s L.A. Times, one of the biggest […]

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